GC blowing out Gretsch

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by amp360, Dec 13, 2020.

  1. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    658
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
    I was at GC today and they had a bunch of Gretsch stuff on blowout.

    there was a red sparkle hollow body that was $900 a few weeks ago for $430 and another with a goldfish back and purple/brown top from about $900 or so to $449.

    The $449 one was Korean and didn’t feel or sound anything Like my old one but someone looking for something new may want to check these out.
     
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  2. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    658
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
  3. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Age:
    57
    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    They are selling at dealer cost? Great for the player, but obviously bad for GC. I wish that these were better times.
     
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  4. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    658
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
    Yeah I don’t hate GC for a lot of people. I can tell you the one I tried was still priced too high imho. Had it been remotely close to my old Gretsch I would have picked it up. Didn’t play the red one because it was hanging high and I didn’t want to bother the sales guy.
     
  5. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    The one with the casino gold and dark Cherry top is a 135th anniversary edition. I’m pretty sure it’s the only Electromatic with a real ebony fretboard as well. It’s supposed to come with a hard shell too. That’s a great price.
     
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  6. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

    935
    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    May have to go buy my local GC and see if they have a 6120 at half price. Dreamin, I know.
     
  7. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    Wow. Those are amazing prices. I wonder whether GC gets a year-end bonus from FMIC if they move a certain amount of guitars. I hope this pricing isn't just a consequence of their bankruptcy—and that they get back on their feet soon, with fair arrangements for their creditors.

    In the meantime, someone should jump on those deals. A red sparkle 5420? Gorgeous.
     
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  8. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    658
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
    It was probably one of the worst new guitars I’ve picked up (I generally don’t play many new guitars) in years. At this price it was about $200 overpriced, heavy as well.
     
  9. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    It's "compressed ebony", not sure what that is, but my guess is some mixture of ebony powder/shavings and some sort of glue. I would bet it is not solid ebony.
     
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  10. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    658
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
    Probably ebony dust and glue. Maybe that’s why it was so heavy.
     
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  11. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    That's a shame. 5420s are normally great guitars. This one has been hanging on the wall for a couple of years now—I wonder whether it would come to life with a good setup.
     
  12. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    I found this old thread on the compressed ebony fingerboard. Apparently Gretsch says that it's made of several thin layers of ebony pressed together. (Though I'm assuming they would need glue to hold them together.)
     
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  13. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    658
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
    Great guitar compared to what would be the question. I don’t think a setup would have fixed this one as it just looked and felt really cheap.

    I think Gibson did the same thing with rosewood a few years ago if that’s what it is.
     
  14. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    I’m thinking it may have been a bad setup. Tony Sims on here had one for a while and raved about it. Although I do believe it did have Supertrons already installed when he bought it. But that affects the sound and not playing. I trust his reviews on gear. The weight should actually be the same as any G5420 out there and I haven’t heard anyone complain about the weight before. The ones I’ve tried in store seemed what I expected weight wise.
     
  15. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Strange but not strange is the Gretsch site listed it as simply Ebony. Probably better marketing. I would still likely rock it over a rosewood board on a Gretsch. Especially at this price point. Honestly, the glue they use today is stronger than the glue of yesteryear. And I doubt it’s noticeable up close. Nor does it rub off like dyed ebony fretboards.

    It’s sort of interesting to me how on guitars we love, it’s acceptable to have a simple pressed plywood body but not a fingerboard. Maybe it’s the principle of it with a fretboard. Where as a plywood body brings a guitar within reach for many price wise so it gets overlooked without thought.
     
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  16. phil66

    phil66 Gretschie

    203
    Dec 5, 2019
    Indiana
    wonder what they have in Amps. Mine is on it's last legs
     
  17. amp360

    amp360 Synchromatic

    658
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
    the setup wasn’t that bad. The guitar was.
     
  18. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    That's a smokin' hot price on the red Sparkle 5420. Just checked their site, they show it there at $949.99. I nearly bought one a few years ago for the color, but don't play my nice early Aspen Green 5420 enough as it is.
     
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  19. Landshark2020

    Landshark2020 Gretschie

    135
    Sep 4, 2020
    95051
    Which store was this? I can't find the red one for that price at CG.com
     
  20. Tadhg

    Tadhg Gretschie

    301
    Aug 8, 2019
    Qld - Australia
    Yep - I played one of those 135th anniversary editions in a shop a couple of years ago, and it was fantastic. They wanted more like $2k for me (Australia...).
    Can't help but think that hanging on the wall - in reach - at a GC for at least 2 years likely with no attention from staff/techs has taken a toll.

    Those prices aren't about sales being poor this year. After all, neither of those are new guitars, and this is supposedly the biggest ever year for FMIC. It's all down to that particular GC not selling well (or not selling Gretsch well), and needing to recover costs. If they've got quality mid priced gear like that slashed in such a manner, it's a bad sign for the long term viability of that particular location. I can see it being one of the locations that closes - primarily because they've got the 135th Anniversary. Because I've seen the red sparkle listed at that in store elsewhere (photo was rather different).
     
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